A Comparison Of Innovative App-Based To Conventional Prescriptions For Children By ...


If you've got a child who needs a certain medication, you may want to skip the line at the pharmacy and head over to the dentist's office instead.

A new app calledPREscribing children made easy (or, as it's called in its native India, "PREscribing children made easy"), developed in partnership with Google, can help you craft a prescription for that child in just a few seconds, researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

They recruited 22 dentists in India to play a part in the study, and found that app-based prescriptions performed better than handwritten ones in several areas, including accuracy (at 40.9% vs. 40.9%, for instance) and satisfaction (at 4.5% vs. 4.5%, for instance).

"The mean time taken in seconds for handwritten prescriptions ('59.14 (+ 59.18) was almost four times higher than that for app-based prescriptions (56.3% vs. 23.)" the researchers write.

They also found that handwritten prescriptions were more complete, had more detailed instructions, and were more accurate than app-based prescriptions (at 1.38 vs. 0.88, for instance).

The app is free on Google's Play Store, and the researchers say they're working on a longer version that...

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